Ira Gold made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2011, performing the Vanhal Bass Concerto with the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining the National Symphony in 2005, he performed with several American orchestras, as Section Bass with the Minnesota Orchestra and as guest Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony and Detroit Symphony. He has attended the Grand Teton Music Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy, Bach Festival Leipzig, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center, where he was a recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize. Mr. Gold spent several summers at the International Festival Institute at Round Top both as a student, and, during the summer of 2004, as a member of the bass faculty. He is continually in demand for recitals and masterclasses, including recent visits at The Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College, Mannes College, and CCM-University of Cincinnati. Mr. Gold maintains a studio of private students while continuing his teaching commitment to the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program. College positions include faculty at The Peabody Conservatory of Music and adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America.
He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, and his Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he won the strings division of the 2005 Concerto Competition. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison, and additional studies with Albert Laszlo, Kenneth Harper, Dennis Whittaker, Mark Shapiro, and Harry Lantz.